The house has adopted a report tabled by the Health Services Committee chaired by Hon. Njuguna Mwaura, urging the County Executive to allocate funds for the fiscal year 2023/2024 to facilitate recruiting and hiring staff, refurbishing the infrastructure, and repairing cold rooms at the referral health facility.
Other issues that the House wants the County Executive to address include:
i) Ensuring the Trauma Centre is handed over to the County for completion.
ii) Ensuring that the microwave and shredder machines are operational for the effective and efficient disposal of medical waste.
iii) Resolving the land ownership dispute between the Referral Hospital and the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), in collaboration with the Department of Lands and Physical Planning and the Department of Health Services.
The committee came up with the recommendations after their visit to the facility that was established over 60 years ago was experiencing some challenges which included;
a) Acute shortage of Human Resources to cater for the increased number of clientele due to expanding services. The report indicated that the shortage had been occasioned by a lack of replacing the officers who had retired. Others left service due to natural attrition and a search for greener pastures.
b) Underutilization of equipment and resources due to a lack of staff to operationalize them
c) The trauma Centre was never completed by the National Government d) The perimeter wall erected around the hospital needed to be repaired to curb insecurity among others.